Video: Using Google Home for Calls: 5 Things You Need to Know NOT A SETUP VIDEO
Hey Y'all, it's Rose, and guess who has a case of terrible timing? Me! Because just days after posting my full Google Home review, Google has launched Home's Hands-Free Calling Feature. So today we're going to take a look at the five things you need to know about this new feature including the setup process. While some calling features are ready out of the box, Google Home can make device to business calls, and you can call by phone number, but if you want it to call your personal contacts, you need to set it up to do so.
The first step is to turn on personal results. Open the Google Home app. Click on the hamburger Then more settings. Under “Devices,” choose the device you want to setup. Then, slide the slider under personal results. The second step is to sync your phone contacts to Google contacts or add contacts one-by-one to Google Contacts. To sync, you'll need the Google app, which is separate from the Google Home app. From there, click on your name, click my account, then personal info and privacy, activity controls, device information, and slide on. So the first thing you need to know is that once everything is setup, you can make calls using contact name, phone number, or business name. Hey Google, call the Green Hills Mall. Calling the Mall at Green Hills on Abbott Martin Road in Nashville. To end a call, you can simply tap the top of the device, or you can say, "Hey Boo Boo, hang up." And remember, this feature is tied to voice recognition, so if it recognizes your voice, it's going to call your contacts. If it's somebody else's voice, it'll call their contacts.
The second thing you need to know is that Google Home can't call 9-1-1. That said, there's no reason why you can't program your local police station or fire department phone number into the contact list to call directly. The biggest challenge with using Google Home for emergency calling is that they have yet to enable caller ID. Later this year you will have the option of sharing your phone number when you call someone. In the meantime, there is a workaround, which brings us to number 3. While your phone is listed as the default, you can swap to other services including Google Voice or Project FI. This is also a really good workaround to the no caller ID dilemma as you can swap to your Fi or your Voice phone number when making outbound calls. Number 4, Google doesn't record your phone calls. They record the wake word and the command, but that's it. If you want to see or even listen to what they've recorded, you can do so from myactivity.
google.com. From there you can also delete activity. And the final thing you need to know is that right now the feature is one-way calling only. While you can make calls from the device, you can't receive calls to the device. And that's it, the five things you need to know about Google Home's calling feature for now. In the description below I've linked an article that compares Echo to Google Home and I've added a section comparing their calling features in detail if you want to check that out. And next time, we're going to take a look at Reolink Argus. I've already been testing this guy. It's an inexpensive, indoor/outdoor, battery-powered camera so if you have any questions about it let me know.
Or if you have any questions about Google Home Calling let me know in the comments below. And I appreciate ya'll spending time with me today. I'll see you soon..